Your next chapter: Start Your Novel
Introduction to Novel Writing is designed for people who want to develop longer pieces of work or a series of short stories. This need not be fiction – memoir, biography or narrative non-fiction are also suitable.
If you've already done one of our foundation courses, such as Creative Writing Stage 1 or Writing Books for Children and Young Adults, or have some experience in creative writing and want to hone your craft, the Introduction to Novel Writing course will help you enhance your skills and make your book become a reality.
This course will suit people who have:
- started a project and have already written a few thousand words or
- have a reasonable idea of their story's structure but haven't started writing.
The course is a combination of theory and workshopping. You will be expected to distribute your drafts to your fellow students and receive their comments. You will also be expected to read the work of the others and comment upon it.
Workshopping a range of manuscripts will inevitably throw up a wide range of issues for writers, from voice and characterisation down to grammar and punctuation. Author of 23 books and presenter of Introduction to Novel Writing Pamela Freeman says, "Workshopping is one of the best ways to develop your skills as a writer and to identify the particular problems which you face as a storyteller – and then to get lots of help in finding solutions."
Now that you have learnt the theory, tools and techniques to use in your creative writing, it's time to take your writing to the next level.
Will there be any theory/teaching?
Each week will have a short theory section.
Wherever possible, the theory presented in the course will be guided by the questions and needs of the students, so the curriculum may vary from course to course. The presenter will also follow up questions raised in the class and provide appropriate readings or reading recommendations in the next class.
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Feedback and support for your novel
You have an idea for a novel, and maybe you've even started writing one. Either way, it’s no longer a vague idea. You’re starting to get words on the page and characters who are interacting and talking with each other. Your story is taking shape and now … the idea of a book actually seems real.
Introduction to Novel Writing is ideal if you want to keep your momentum going with a group of like-minded people.
You’ll find valuable feedback and support, plus an experienced author and and presenter who will help you hone your writing, flesh out your characters and guide your plot in the right direction.
Let us help you start your novel.
Rave reviews about
"I enjoyed Pamela's usual infectious excitement, enthusiasm, motivation and good feedback. I feel it's helped me build on my writing skills."
- Sonia Zadro
"It was great to discuss the various pieces with the group and hear from various unique perspectives. I recognised what was missing in my writing and this has provided me with a better understanding of what it takes to write an engaging piece of fiction."
- Lawrence Roux
"My writing is much clearer and sharper, and I now know of many details about novel writing I was unaware of before."
- Julian Howard
"Pamela is fantastic. She is encouraging and seems genuinely invested in the success of her students. I now have more confidence in my writing ability."
- Karlene Dalbraithe
"Pamela was insightful and her knowledge is extensive. I appreciated her opinions, particularly about other participant's work, which I found very instructive."
- Philip Winn
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| Pamela is the award-winning author of over 20 books, most recently the Princess Betony series published by Walker Books. In 2010, Full Circle (Book 3 of the Castings trilogy), was published in the US, UK, France, Spain, Portugal and Germany as well as Australia ... read more